If you or a loved one suffers from sensory processing difficulties, you know firsthand how challenging daily tasks can be for those individuals. Our brain learns everything via our senses, and our thoughts and behaviors are influenced by the information we receive from touch, sight, sound, taste, and smell.
We are constantly monitoring our environment as we receive billions of bits of information to pattern and filter from our senses. This process does not work the same for everyone. Some people are over- responsive, and others may be under responsive to sensory information.
For children especially, this can create a tremendous amount of internal stress and impact their functioning at school. For others, it can have an effect on social interaction, and lead to withdrawal, as well as an increased risk of anxiety and/or depression.
Neurofeedback training does not take the sensory processing away from an individual, but it does help the person be able to deal with the stress that it can cause. This is often used in conjunction with other forms of occupational therapy. Those therapists often note that patients respond better to their OT practices with Neurofeedback training because it helps calm their central nervous system. Reports of reduced general anxiety and a willingness to try new things are also common because, the sensory concerns no longer rule their emotions and behaviors.